Conferences and EventsScottish organisations can access data talent through summer placement programme

Scottish organisations can access data talent through summer placement programme

Call to public, private and voluntary sector organisations to host Scottish MSc data science students on summer placements

Organisations across Scotland have the opportunity to access emerging data talent from leading universities through a summer placement programme. The programme, which has been successfully running for four years, is a collaboration between The Data Lab and MBN Solutions, who have put out a call to Scottish organisations for summer data project placement opportunities.

The Data Lab funds MSc courses across 11 Scottish universities. It also works with MBN Solutions to place students in organisations over the summer. This provides the students with the chance to apply their classroom learnings to data-driven projects within public, private and voluntary sector organisations.

Organisations of any shape and size are eligible to apply for the scheme and tap into fresh data talent. The likes of Scottish Government, Wood Mackenzie, CYBG, V-Ships UK, RBS, Standard Life and Merkle Aquila have previously benefited from the programme taking on Data Lab MSc students as work placements.

Brian Hills, Head of Data at The Data Lab, said, “Scottish organisations are seeing the value data can bring from processes to forward-planning and there is an increasing demand for talent that can support these needs.

“Our MSc programme provides students with practical skills to support Scotland as it unlocks new potential using data, and the placement is an instrumental part of the experience. We encourage any organisation with a need to problem-solve using data science to apply for the scheme.”

Martin Thorn, Senior Manager – Decisioning, Analytics and AI at CYBG, highlighted the benefits of the programme, “The programme is the perfect way for us to get access to new data science talent. Our placement student impressed us from the start and we had no hesitation in offering them a full-time role.”

Robin Huggins, Director of Academy & Client Services at MBN Solutions, said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for organisations from across Scotland to access some of the emerging talent from our universities. We’re looking to build on last year’s highly successful programme and provide great opportunities for organisations of any size and scale to come forward with projects that summer placements could work on.”

Debbie Maltman, MSc graduate who undertook her summer placement last year at Volunteer Scotland, said, “The placement provided me with the opportunity to apply both the technical and soft skills I learned throughout my course to a data problem faced by a major Scottish organisation. It gave me the confidence to know that the skills I learned during my course could be applied to any sector and to see the value of data driven insights to not just an organisational level but in addressing wider Scottish issues.”

The deadline for applications is end of April. To learn more about the summer placement programme and to apply, visit here.

The public sector in Scotland has geared up to delivered some truly ambitious and creative digital plans over the last 12 months – which, if all goes to plan, could drive broad and meaningful transformation.

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